Lesson learned for Calgary Stampeders after nearly blowing a 30-point lead to Edmonton Eskimos

Eskimos kicker Grant Shaw tries to recover his kick as Stampeders linebacker Alvin Bowen knocks the...

Eskimos kicker Grant Shaw tries to recover his kick as Stampeders linebacker Alvin Bowen knocks the ball away at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Sept. 2, 2013. (TODD KOROL/Getty Images/AFP)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:40 PM ET

CALGARY - There was a collective sigh of relief in the Calgary Stampeders locker-room Monday afternoon.

The Stamps know they came oh-so-close to gagging on a late 30 — yes, 30! — point lead.

“It was a little closer than I expected,” linebacker Keon Raymond said. “We knew they were a good football team.

“They came out in the fourth (quarter) and they didn’t lay down. That’s why they get the respect that they do.

“They put themselves in a position to win the game.”

The Stamps and Eskimos will get right back at it Friday in Edmonton.

The Stamps will get one workout Wednesday afternoon before heading up to the provincial capital.

Raymond said the quick turnaround won’t allow for many changes in the gameplan by either club.

“It’s going to be tough,” Raymond said. “We have to make sure we come in and get treatment and get in these ice tubs.

“It’ll be more mental because not much is going to change.


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